Arpil 30th, 1011
We are family! If you didn't know it before, you certainly know it now.
Sorry that I have been away for a couple weeks. I am back at it. I have sooooo much to talk about but I need to get to bed so that I can join you conference attendees in the morning for the Orange:Will walk.
Today was the first full day of the Weekend for Women held in Raleigh. As expected, it was chalked full of useful information, fabulous ladies, great food, gifts, and oh yes, a little dancing. Apparently "Girls (really do) Just Wanna Have Fun". And fun was had. We got emotional with some of the stories. The challenges that you have faced and overcome. The strength among you fabulous women. One person has dealt with diabetes for 57 years. Amen! You go girl! There was mention of how there was a time when there weren't meters to test sugars. How did you guys do it? I bow to you ladies. There are some strong women in Raleigh tonight. Tired most likely but still very strong.
I will have to go through my notes to talk about specifics here in my next blog or two so this entry will be my recount of the today using music. Music is a big thing in my life. (sidenote, my showchoir is going to be featured on a TV show called America Sings airing on Gospel Music Channel but I am sure I will talk about that more later in my success update.) Anyway, take away my TV and I could survive but take away my music and you might as well just shoot me. So here goes. Give me a beat (nod to Janet Jackson).
My day started off with a couple sessions that specifically touched on dealing with stress. If you know anything about me, you know that is an understatement. There needs to be a new word to describe the ultra stress I have felt lately but let's not go there tonight. I am on a conference high. No need to bring me, or you, down.
Basically I learned not to let my circumstances dictate and have so much control over my life. My health is important. I deserve and owe it to myself and my family and friends, to take care of me and make my health a priority. I need to incorporate this breathing technique that was mentioned in both my first two sessions.
Gloria Loring (of Days of our Lives and the 80's hit song "Friends and Lovers") sang a version of "The Prayer". That song always makes me weepy. It was a touching start to what becomes a very touching day.
In our Celebration Dinner we heard several songs and we actually had an opportunity to dance to a couple. One was Alicia Keys' "Superwoman". Never heard it before but had to Google it as it is now going on my iPod. Here is the link to the song with the words. I copied a few for you below it.
~~~~~Let me tell you. I am a superwoman.
Yes, I am. Yes she is.
See, even when I am a mess, I still put on a vest.
With an 'S' on my chest.
Oh yes, I'm a superwoman.
Yes I am. Said yes I am. Oh yes you are.~~~~
And girls, let me tell you, that yes you are! Diabetes affects every part of your life. It is not going away. It is a forever friend and you deserve praise for managing it.
"We are Family! I got all my (diabetes) sisters with me". We got our groove back with this one ladies didn't we?!? I heard it on the way home too. So it must be true. This group is such a godsend for so many people. I think one of the speakers, maybe even a couple actually, mentioned how she was embarassed and felt isolated because no one else had diabetes in her life and she had no one to talk to about it. No one understood how it is to micromanage this disease. It is a 24/7 guest. Whether welcomed or not, it is here and taking up permanent residence. You have a lot of support and girlfriends around to lift you up out of the muck of life and help dust you off. You are not going to be on all the time. Just give it your best shot. (hmmm, look another song reference. That one was an accident but hey, I told you music is important to me. It just comes out naturally.)
A couple people recognized me as the Type II blogger. I wasn't expecting to be recognized. I don't know why that didn't occur to me. I am slow. Anyway, one of you even thanked me. That was sweet! You like me. You really like me. Well, you are at least reading. Hopefully there are some helpful bits in these rants of mine somewhere.
Next year let's add We're All in This Together from High School Musical. Or We Go Together from Grease. A little You are Not Alone by Michael Jackson. I bet we could rock those too. Flash Mob style!
The point is. You have a BIG support network of ladies ready and willing to sing your praises as you share your success. Hold your hand as you share your fears and frustrations. And lift you up and set you back on your feet when you wobble. We have all been there or will be. This is not a journey you can go alone. "You've Got a Friend" (or a hundred). Hmmm, I think I should have been on the music committee. Next year, you people better watch out. Bring your "Boogie Shoes". (Ok, really, now it is just getting out of hand!)
Ok so these came on the radio on the drive home. They are probably a stretch but if nothing else, it will should make you smile. I tried to tie them back to tonight since I knew I was going to blog using songs so here is what I came up with.
Let it Whip by The Dazz Band
I sense something divine in you
~So let it whip
Let's whip it baby~ (and by it, I mean Diabetes. I mean the guilt, the shame, the denial, the loneliness.) We are all in this together (Now I am just repeating myself. Definitely time for bed).
Patrick Hernandez - Born to be Alive
~It's good to be alive
To be alive
To be alive~
I mean really, what is the alternative? What will you miss? Who will miss you?
Take care ladies. See ya in about 7 hours for pictures and a really early walk.
We'll always be together.
A wop ba-ba lu-mop a wop bam boom